I’m A Man – The Spencer Davis Group

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on November 20th of 1966 The Spencer Davis Group record the song “I’m A Man” the title song for their upcoming album. Written by Steve Windwood and producer Jimmy Miller this was the final Spencer Davis Group release to feature Steve Winwood, who left to form Traffic. It was originally written for a documentary called Swinging London, but the band liked it so much they saved it for a single. This is a different song from Bo Diddley’s R&B classic number of the same name, which was later an American Top 20 hit for The Yardbirds. “I’m A Man” has been a hit for three different acts, the Spencer Davis Group original being followed by Chicago’s 7 minutes, 40 seconds version recorded for their 1969 debut album The Chicago Transit Authority. Released as a single it reached #8 in the UK in 1970. In the US it was originally released as the B-side to a re-release of “Questions 67 and 68”. Radio stations ended up playing both sides, and it eventually peaked at #49 in 1971. Its last chart appearance came in 1989 when the Italian studio outfit Clubhouse turned it into a medley with “Ye Ke Ye Ke,” which limped to #69. The original recording was a fast, Hammond organ-driven blues rock track released as a single by the Spencer Davis Group in early 1967, reaching number 9 in the UK Singles Chart and number 10 in the U.S. (the US edition was slightly edited) Billboard Hot 100.